New Housing Project At Fishermans Bend

10 November 2015
Legislative Assembly

Mr Wynne (Minister for Planning) — I would like to inform the house of a new development that I have approved at Fishermans Bend. A 10-storey development — —

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER — Order! The Attorney-General! The minister is entitled to silence. The minister will continue and be heard in silence by all members. That applies to government members and opposition members, particularly, if I may say, the Leader of the Opposition and the Premier.

Mr WYNNE — He has got a bit to explain, Speaker. It is a 10-storey development with office space and seven terrace-style apartments that is within the government’s new height limits. It is a development which actually addresses the future needs of the people who are going to live in Fishermans Bend. This is the type of development we encourage at Fishermans Bend.

Land was rezoned overnight without plans in place and no strategy for delivering infrastructure. This was done against the advice of the planning department and Places Victoria and without buying strategic sites or planning for public transport, parks, schools and other community infrastructure.

Honourable members interjecting.

Questions and statements interrupted.

SUSPENSION OF MEMBERS

Members for Hawthorn and Oakleigh

The SPEAKER — Order! The member for Hawthorn will withdraw from this house for the period of 1 hour, and so will the member for Oakleigh.

Honourable members for Hawthorn and Oakleigh withdrew from chamber.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE and MINISTERS STATEMENTS

Ministers statements: Fishermans Bend development

Questions and statements resumed.

Mr WYNNE (Minister for Planning) — We know now it will cost Victorian taxpayers dearly as this government tries to fix the mess that was left behind. Landowners and developers in Fishermans Bend were the only ones to profit from the opposition’s land rezoning.

Mr Guy interjected.

The SPEAKER — Order! The Leader of the Opposition!

Mr WYNNE — The Andrews government will make sure communities are provided for. Work is underway to make sure Fishermans Bend has five well-planned neighbourhoods, including an employment precinct. We are getting on with the job of fixing the mess — the absolute mess — that was left to this government, and we will deliver for the people of Fishermans Bend.